Holiday Events Guide – Sponsor a Family for Christmas

Excerpt from the KCR 2014 Holiday Events Guide

Central Okanagan Elizabeth Fry

Address: 104 – 347 Leon Avenue, Kelowna
Tuesday, November 4th – Wednesday, December 17th

Be involved. Make a difference. Help bring the joy of Christmas to a low income family. Sponsors assist by providing a Christmas food hamper and gifts for the family they are paired with.

For more information, email moc.cifirewopmenull@yfe.eilla


Kelowna and District SHARE Society

Address: 581 Gaston Avenue, Kelowna

The Adopt-a-Family Program matches a registered family in need with a family, individual or organization who would like to help make the season brighter by providing a Christmas dinner and gifts.

For more information, call Julieann at 250.763.8117.


Kelowna Community Resources

Address: 120 – 1735 Dolphin Avenue, Kelowna

YOU can make a difference this holiday for a family working hard to better the lives of their children. KCR is looking for family sponsors for our 10th Annual Sponsor a Family Program. Share the gift of giving this year with your family or group.

Please call Lisa at 250.763.8008 x121 before Tuesday, December 2nd.


The Kelowna Community Food Bank

Address: 1265 Ellis Street, Kelowna

Be involved and make a difference for a family this Christmas. Sponsors provide a food hamper and gifts for the family they are assisting.

Call 250.763.71611, email ac.bfcknull@ofni, or visit for a sponsorship application.


The Salvation Army

Address: 200 Rutland Road S, Kelowna
Monday, November 24th – Friday, December 12th

Provide gifts and food for a family at Christmas. To be matched with a family, please call Jamie at 250.860.2329 x336.

You can also check out our Angel Trees at Walmart, Toys R Us, Orchard Park Mall and other local retailers for a gift tag with a gift request.

Please visit for more information.

Holiday Events Guide – Christmas Hamper Locations

Excerpt from the KCR 2014 Holiday Events Guide

Kelowna and District SHARE Society

Address: 581 Gaston Ave, Kelowna

Appointments to receive a 2014 Christmas hamper begin on Tuesday, November 4th. Register by calling Julieann at 250.763.8117.


The Kelowna Community Food Bank

Address: 1265 Ellis Street, Kelowna

Register in person for food/gift hampers. Deadline: Friday, December 5th. You can also register by calling 250.763.7161. You have a choice of either a regular hamper or a Christmas hamper, not both.

Regular hampers will be distributed Monday, December 1st – Thursday, December 11th; regular hamper requirements apply.

Christmas hamper pick-up will be Tuesday, December 16th for families only, Wednesday, December 17th for those with last names starting with N-Z and Thursday, December 18th for those registered with last names starting with A-M.

Christmas Hamper hours will be 9:00am – 2:00pm.


The Salvation Army

Address: 200 Rutland Road S

Appointments being booked for Monday, November 17th – Friday, November 21st & Monday, Novembers 24th – Tuesday, November 25th. Call 250.765.3450, press 4 to book your appointment to register for a Family Christmas Hamper.

Christmas Hampers are intended for families. All registrations are by appointment only. You will need to bring 2 pieces of ID for each adult (1 picture ID: Driver’s License/BC ID) and a Care Card/Birth Certificate; 1 piece for each child (Care Card/Birth Certificate); proof of residence (Utility bill/piece of mail); proof of rent (Rental agreement/Rent receipt); Proof of income (Pay stub/Income tax summary).

For more information, call 250.765.3450, then press 4, or visit

November Monthly Bulletin

The November Monthly Bulletin is now available.
It’s an accumulation of local news, events, training’s, useful resources and information for non-profits and community organizations alike!

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Make sure to subscribe to the Monthly Bulletin to stay up-to-date on all of the information released each month.

Shaw TV – A Day in the Life of…

Shaw TV (Channel 11) will be broadcasting the Immigrant Services video’s “A Day in the Life Of…” every Monday & Wednesday between 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

This year, 5 families working with KCR were featured in 20 minute films about their experiences immigrating to Canada. These videos were called A Day in the Life. Feel free to check them out, you may see someone you know!

All 5 episodes will get aired a few time over the next few weeks.

CSAE-BC Okanagan Inaugural Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 7:30am – Networking breakfast
8:00am – 9:30am – Presentation & Roundtable
Location: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC
Cost: $26.25 for members / $36.75 for non-members
Breakfast included (Price includes GST – GST#R106866890)
Register Now

This is the inaugural Roundtable meeting and presentation for the Okanagan region of the Canadian Society of Association Executives BC chapter (CSAE-BC).

The aim is to bring together those who work in the not-for-profit sector to share knowledge and best practices.

Kicking off with a networking breakfast, this session will feature:
Seeing the opportunity in the obstacle: The not-for-profit’s role in our ever-changing society
A presentation by Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director, Kelowna Community Resources

With new issues and barriers continuously arising, we are often faced with the challenge of being forced to make significant changes while ensuring we are true to our core mission. By focusing on the opportunities of change rather than the obstacles, we will be able to more successfully navigate the always changing landscape of the not-for-profit industry.

There will also be an opportunity to share peer best practices and common challenges within the association/not-for-profit industry in the Okanagan and beyond.

Anyone working in the not-for-profit/association sector is encouraged to attend. Both CSAE members and non-CSAE members are welcome.

About the Speaker
Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director, Kelowna Community Resources

Ellen received a Bachelor of Arts focusing on administration and management and a Master’s Degree in Education specializing in andragogy and career development from the University of Alberta. She has over 28 years of experience in the social service sector in both Alberta and BC, within both government and community agencies. Presently, she holds the position of Executive Director with Kelowna Community Resources, a multiservice not-for-profit agency in the Central Okanagan.

Register Now

-Source: Tim Read, Manager, Human Resources Management Association, 22 September 2014

Get Involved: Volunteering Central Okanagan Style 2014

GetInvolved2013-500Looking for more information on volunteering in the Central Okanagan? Check out the latest Volunteering Central Okanagan Style magazine newly released at the 2014 Okanagan Volunteer Opportunities Fair.

To learn more about volunteering opportunities in the Central Okanagan, check out the Volunteer Opportunities Database.